Data Brilliant

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In Data Brilliant, expert hosts from leading data analytics company, Qlik, tackle the biggest issues of the day and explore what our futures will look like through the lens of data. They’ll be joined by specialist guests as they dig deep into how access to real-time data, enabling real-time action is reshaping the world’s businesses, the relationships we hold with each other, and the society we live in. 

The series uncovers some of the most pressing data challenges in the world of music, sport, space, literature and journalism. It shares stories of how people and organizations across all industries are turning passive data, into active data and embarking on a journey of Active Intelligence by demanding more from their data on a day-to-day basis. 

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Why data needs to be balanced with human understanding with Susie Wolff

For this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos is joined by Susie Wolff. Susie began her competitive motorsport career more than 20 years ago, making history at the 2014 British Grand Prix by becoming the first woman to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend in 22 years. After hanging up her racing gear, she entered the world of Formula E as the CEO of Venturi Racing.

In the episode, Susie speaks to Joe about the fundamental role that data plays in the world of motorsport, from drivers to the designers and mechanics supporting them with real-time information. She also discusses her transition from the track to the boardroom, her approach to data-driven leadership and the Dare to be Different initiative – originally founded by Susie to inspire more women and girls to enter the world of motorsport.

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Nov 29, 2022
Why data can help us design the future of water with J. Carl Ganter

The latest instalment of Data Brilliant is hosted by Julie Kae – Qlik’s VP of Sustainability and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, who will be joining Joe going forward to talk to world experts and renowned leaders who are leading the fight against climate change. Julie regularly works with organizations to find ways that data can help save our planet and with COP27 fast approaching, it’s a topic on the mind of business leaders around the world.


That’s why for this episode, Julie is joined by J. Carl Ganter, former vice chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security. He also founded two companies dedicated to supporting global water resourcing issues using data-driven technologies, and is even an award-winning photojournalist focusing on climate change. Carl and Julie discuss how data – specifically, real-time data in context - plays a central role in combating global climate issues.

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Oct 28, 2022
Why data needs more diversity with Deborah Berebichez

In this episode of Data Brilliant, Deborah Berebichez joins Joe DosSantos to share her story of becoming the first Mexican women to gain a PhD in Physics from Stanford University. Deborah is now a renowned physicist, data scientist and broadcaster - hosting the Discovery Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science show.

As a fierce advocate for STEM education, especially in women, Deborah tells Joe about her journey including the value of bravery and a strong support system, the importance of more diversity in data and why data literacy is a vital skill for all. Deborah's experiences have inspired her mission to ensure everyone is empowered to pursue STEM education and careers - and she makes it clear that it falls to all of us to make that happen.

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Aug 26, 2022
Why soft skills and cognitive diversity can power a data literate organization with Kevin Hanegan

For the latest episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos is joined by Kevin Hanegan. Kevin is the Chair of the advisory board at the Data Literacy Project and author of Turning Data into Wisdom, where he provides tools, definitions and templates to help professionals make data-informed decisions.


During the episode, Kevin and Joe explore the definition of data literacy and why it means different things to different people. They discuss the importance of developing soft skills like emotional intelligence and active listening to becoming truly data literate, as well as how to ask the right questions of data. Based on his own experiences, Kevin also explains how cognitive diversity can open us up to new perspectives – in data and in life – and mitigate bias. 

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Jul 06, 2022
Why data collection today is going to help us explore space in the future with Hayley Arceneaux

This episode, Joe is joined by Hayley Arceneaux. Hayley has an incredible story. From being diagnosed with bone cancer at age 10, Hayley’s life trajectory completely changed. She now works for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the hospital that saved her life, using data to bring confidence and certainty to the medical team and families.


Even more extraordinary than this though, Hayley was one of four civilians to join the SpaceX mission to space in 2021. Throughout the podcast discussion, Hayley shares how she went from someone who spends her days collecting and analyzing data, to ultimately become a test subject for how the human body reacts in space to potentially open up space travel for civilians in the future.

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May 19, 2022
Why data is powering machines that can augment human intelligence, not replace it with Kate Darling

Joe DosSantos is joined by Kate Darling in the latest episode of Data Brilliant. Kate Darling is an expert in robot ethics and research specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. She specialises in researching human and robot interactions so we can anticipate the difficult questions that we could face in the future, from technology law and policy to AI ethics.   

Kate shares with Joe how the vast power of data is making machines smarter, but how machine intelligence differs to human intelligence. They discuss what a robot really is, outside of the stereotypical silver object we all think of. She shares examples of how human connection with robots can be compared with our relationships with animals and how our Terminator understanding of robots is far from the reality.

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Apr 14, 2022
Why data has changed the future of banking with Brett King

In the latest episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos is joined by Brett King. Brett is CEO of Moven, a mobile banking start-up, he’s also a futurist and fintech innovator forging the future of banking as we know it. On top of that, he hosts the #1 FinTech podcast, Breaking Banks and has the most #1 Bestselling titles in Banking and Fintech globally of any author in the last decade.


Brett shares with Joe how the future of banking is based on data; what can banks offer users by the way of financial security and improved financial wellness. He shares how the fastest growing financial institutions are all digital with record levels of investment in Fintech driven by increased digital adoption brought on by the pandemic and how, omni-channel, ubiquitous experiences in banking are becoming the norm.

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Mar 18, 2022
Why data gives you the real seat at the table with Jay Samit

Jay Samit joins Joe DosSantos in this episode of Data Brilliant. International author and entrepreneur, Jay Samit is widely recognised as a leading expert in innovation and disruption. In his professional life, Jay has raised millions of dollars for start-ups and pioneered breakthrough advancements in mobile video, internet advertising, social networks, eBooks and digital music.

Jay tells all about how, data can speak louder than any person in the boardroom, as it gives executives the truth, without ego. He touches on the necessity for data to evolve and how it really can help solve any business problem. Not to mention, his initial conversation with Bill Clinton whilst he was the sitting US President, which led to a computer being placed in every classroom in America. Joe and Jay discuss the tribulations he’s faced in changing the tide of various industries, including key takeaways that will apply to any industry, any business, and any problem. 

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Feb 15, 2022
Why data is driving decision velocity for competitive advantage with Ray Wang

In this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos speaks to Ray Wang. As the founder and principal analyst of Constellation Research, a research and advisory firm which studies disruptive business and exponential technology trends, Ray shares insights into the future of business decisions as a result of data.

Ray explores the importance of human insight and ethics to work alongside data and to help build algorithms that will allow businesses to move towards a world with more Active Intelligence. Joe and Ray discuss how those businesses that are able to make decisions using data in an accurate and speedy way are likely to come out on top. Ray also shares the four questions he thinks all organizations should consider when working with data in 2022 to ensure the most effective processes. 

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Jan 20, 2022
Why data inspires creativity in music with Imogen Heap

In the newest episode of Data Brilliant, Joe chats to Imogen Heap. A Grammy Award-winning artist and self-proclaimed data enthusiast, Imogen is harnessing the power of data in her music and beyond. She has worked with a team of developers to create a gestural musical device – gloves – powered by technology and data allows her to create music with quite literally, the flick of her finger. She shares with Joe how this technology is pushing her beyond her initial creative boundaries, to new heights and to creating entirely new music. Yet, her love for data doesn’t stop there. They also discuss how her new project, the Creative Passport, will put the power back into creators’ hands. Joe and Imogen explore all of this and how ultimately, good data has the ability to impact and improve the world for musicians.


Please do listen to this episode wearing headphones as it includes an exclusive composition from Imogen which is enjoyed best in stereo. Enjoy!

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Dec 08, 2021
Why data scientists still have one of the sexiest jobs of the 21st century with Tom Davenport
In the latest episode, Joe is joined by Tom Davenport, the President’s Distinguished Professor of IT and Management at Babson College and regular author for Harvard Business Review. Throughout the episode, Tom and Joe deep dive into the role of the Chief Data Officer; how it has evolved over the last decade and how clarity around the definition of the role is key to its success in the future. They also touch upon the skills needed within data science teams as well as the difference between companies which compete on analytics and those that fall behind, with Tom outlining the crucial differences between the two – with the biggest factor being the strategic intentionality of analytics usage throughout the organization.

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Nov 05, 2021
Why data education is fundamental for all organizations with Ronald Van Loon
In this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe talks to Ronald Van Loon about the importance of educating people on the value of data. As CEO of Intelligent World, Ronald is on a mission to educate everyone from c level executives and beyond on the importance of data on making business decisions. He talks about the talent shortages currently in AI and data and how you can take many careers paths from understanding data, making it the great foundation to start your career. 

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Oct 11, 2021
Why data is crucial to starting and growing a business in an emerging economy with Azran Osman-Rani
In this episode of Data Brilliant Joe talks to Azran Osman-Rani to explore how data is vital to starting a business and spotting trends and opportunities. As a serial business builder and entrepreneur, based in Malaysia, Azran explains how we should never stop being curious with data and talks through examples of how data helped his businesses success, including his long-haul airline firm, AirAsiaX, video streaming service, Iflix and digital health firm, Naluri. He also offers advice and talks through the tips for starting a successful business in an emerging market. 

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Sep 13, 2021
Why data cultures matter to organizations today with Winston Wu

In this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos is joined by Winston Wu, Vice President of Enterprise Architecture, Data & Analytics and Corporate Systems at Rogers Communications, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Canada. Friends and former colleagues, Joe and Winston discuss the case for cloud and give practical advice for a successful cloud migration. From having a data and analytics strategy in place that outlines the steps you needed to make sure your business is hitting its objectives, to about looking end-to-end across your entire enterprise and assessing the skills, roles and operating model in place driving your data strategy, Joe and Winston explore the importance of developing a culture that embraces data literacy and understands the value data can bring across the entire organization.

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Aug 13, 2021
Why data can help us navigate uncertainty in a volatile world with Dr. Vikram Mansharamani

In this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos speaks with author and Harvard University lecturer, Dr. Vikram Mansharamani to explore how data is helping us to navigate uncertainty in business today.


Throughout the episode, Joe and Vikram discuss indicators for market booms and busts, how we can all learn to think for ourselves in an age of automation and how the success of future digitalization will hinge on how data is used to drive better decision making and help to implement behavioral change.

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Jul 14, 2021
Why data has the power to excite everyone, if we learn to tell the right stories from it with Malcolm Gladwell

In this special episode, Joe DosSantos speaks with best-selling author, Malcolm Gladwell, to explore how, as a society, we need to be smarter about how we use data. Throughout the discussion, Malcolm tells stories of intelligent use of data in different domains – from teaching, sports, policing, travel and healthcare and explains how important storytelling is to making people excited about data. He also touches upon the findings of his latest book, The Bomber Mafia, and debates the different styles of leadership and vision from the book’s protagonists, Haywood Hansell and Curtis LeMay.

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Jun 14, 2021
Why data powered by human intelligence is the perfect combination with Hannah Fry
In this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos speaks with renowned mathematician, Dr Hannah Fry to explore the impact of AI and automation on our daily lives. Throughout the episode, Dr Fry explains why human and AI machine can be the perfect team and how there is a mathematical angle to almost everything, including love, coincidence and human interaction.

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May 18, 2021
Why data literacy is vital to combating misinformation with Joel Finkelstein

In this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos speaks with Joel Finkelstein, Co-Founder and Director of the Network Contagion Research Institute to further explore the need to tackle the rise of misinformation across society. 


Talking to the dangerous impact misinformation can – and has - had around the world, Joe and Joel discuss how NCRI is using data to track and expose this epidemic of virtual deception. Throughout the discussion, they also stress the need to create a data-literate world, so everyone can have access to the tools that will help them improve their critical thinking skills, question and challenge the information they’re given. As they explain, this ultimately needs to start in schools so that everyone growing up today has the ability to make sense of online manipulation to encourage and drive transparency and trust.

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Apr 12, 2021
Why data should be used to report the facts & only the facts with Katty Kay

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, this episode of Data Brilliant features guest, Katty Kay, an international broadcaster and New York Times Best-Selling Author on women in business. Her books, which include Womenomics, The Confidence Code and The Confidence Code for Girls, explore how women can create a professional life that meets their needs and teaches both women and girls to learn the confidence-building skills that will shape their futures.


Throughout the episode, Joe and podcast guest, Katty also tackle the issue of misinformation and discuss what we, as citizens, organizations and broadcasters must do to question the information around us to get to the objective truth, including the vital need to use and report data responsibly within the media.

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Mar 16, 2021
Why data democratization and availability is key to success in 2021 with Dan Sommer and Susan Linnell

In this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos speaks with Susan Linnell, IT Enterprise Data Management Lead at Novartis, one of the major players in the medical, pharmaceutical and Life Sciences industry, and Dan Sommer, former Gartner analyst and Global Market Intelligence Lead at Qlik, to explore how organizations can maximise the impact of data in 2021.

Throughout the episode, the trio discuss the key trends they’re seeing in the data space and highlight how access to real time data is more important than ever, but it must be applied to business context for organizations to be able to drive true value from it.

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Feb 16, 2021
Why data is helping us understand what it means to be human with Adam Rutherford

In this episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos speaks with scientist, geneticist and evolutionary biologist, Adam Rutherford on the role of AI and data in science and culture across the ages. Adam and Joe talk to the acceleration of AI across the last decade and how the role of humans is vital to creating real value from it.

During the episode, Adam and Joe talk about the growing need for a refresh in how we look at teaching STEM subjects. Something which Adam teaches as part of his broadcasting work on BBC Inside Science, across his teaching at UCL, and through answering scientific questions from the public as part of his BBC Radio 4 show to help educate the world on how science and data touches every single part of our lives.

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Jan 15, 2021
Why data can help you recognize what it takes to win with Michael Johnson

In the latest episode of Data Brilliant, Joe DosSantos speaks to four-time Olympic Gold Medalist and sprinting legend, Michael Johnson.

 From developing a winning mindset, to training the next generation of Olympians and providing young people who have faced and overcome adversity with the tools to achieve a better future for themselves and their communities, Joe and Michael discuss what it takes to break world records and win gold. Part of this comes down to the ability to understand, analyze and work with data to help fine tune performance and bring out your best.

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Dec 03, 2020
Why data science is a team sport with Bill Schmarzo

In this episode of Data Brilliant, our host, Joe DosSantos talks with The Dean of Big Data, Bill Schmarzo, to focus on the importance of looking at data through a granular lens. 

From understanding where and how to apply data science to power an organization to championing a data-first approach toward decision-making, Joe and Bill explore the importance of viewing data science as a team sport and the ethical responsibility we all have in how we use data today. They discuss how the key to obtaining business value from data is in the granularity of insights, championing diversity of thinking, and monetizing outliers.

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Nov 05, 2020
Why data is powering our world with Kirk Borne

Qlik’s Joe DosSantos and Kirk Borne investigate the human impact of data literacy in the latest episode of Data Brilliant. Many people know and understand how data touches our lives every single day, from the TV shows that are recommended to us on streaming platforms based on our viewer history, to getting real time traffic updates via Google Maps as we have our way from A to B. Data undoubtedly plays an integral role in all of our lives.


This is why, as Joe and Kirk discuss throughout the episode, the need to read, work with and understand data goes beyond data scientists and is crucial for all members of society, but unfortunately many still lack the data literacy skills that could help them in the digital revolution we find ourselves in today.


Ultimately, enabling people across all parts of society are data literate not only benefits the health of individuals and organizations, but entire economies.

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Oct 07, 2020
Why data can drive leaders to ethical and sustainable solutions with Prof. Sally Eaves

This month, Qlik’s Joe DosSantos talks to the ‘torchbearer for ethical tech’, Professor Sally Eaves. As a Professor of FinTech, Chief Technology Officer, and founder Aspirational Futures, Prof. Eaves was an inaugural recipient of the Frontier Technology and Social Impact award, presented at the United Nations in 2018 and is now leading major initiatives in this area, including presenting at Davos and leading events worldwide.


Throughout the episode they discuss what tech for good actually means, the vital importance of the ethical use of technology and explore how technology and data can drive action and change from the top down.

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Sep 10, 2020
Why data and data literacy should be put on school curriculums with Tom Vander Ark

In this episode, Data Brilliant explores why teaching data literacy skills from a young age is essential for preparing people for both their personal and work lives with special guest, Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart and contributor to Forbes.

As learning around the world has moved online over the past few months, has this brought to the fore different and new skillsets needed? Tom and Qlik’s Chief Data Officer, Joe DosSantos will discuss the vital role of technology within the education system today.

Whilst many would assume that younger generations are “digital natives” who instinctively understand technology, Tom and Joe argue that being able to understand data and turn it into usable information, requires collaboration, creativity, awareness, and critical thinking – not just an awareness of new technology. And they talk to how younger generations should be picking up and learning in a variety of different environments, not just the school system.

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Aug 05, 2020
Why data has changed all of our lives forever with Mike Massimino

In this episode, host Joe DosSantos talks to former NASA astronaut, TV personality and author, Mike Massimino to explore the vital role of data throughout Mike’s 18-year career at NASA. They will reflect on how technology has evolved and impacted our everyday lives since he first joined NASA in 1996.


From his love of all things technology and data related – Mike was the first person to ever Tweet from space - to the recent successful SpaceX launch, Joe and Mike discuss the importance of determination, patience and innovative thinking in the high-pressure environment of space expeditions and the working world as a whole.


Throughout the episode they consider the lessons in teamwork, risk and the importance of putting problems in perspective and how data can be the key to this, throughout all walks of life.

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Jul 14, 2020
Why data can help you better understand the world around you with Tim Harford

In the second episode of Data Brilliant, our host Joe DosSantos speaks with BBC broadcaster, FT columnist, and renowned author Tim Harford OBE on how data can help us better understand the world around us.

From channeling and embracing disorder to drive innovation, to learning to fail in order to succeed, Joe and Tim discuss the importance of unexpected connections and how data can help us all connect the dots.

And, as we continue to fight this global pandemic, they explore how understanding data has never been more relevant and talk to the long-term implications of the data-led reporting we’re now seeing all over the news. Will this type of reporting become our new normal? If so, what do people need to do and how do they need to be equipped to better understand the information they are being presented with both now and in the future?

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Jun 05, 2020
Why data can make you a better colleague with Meghan M. Biro

Joe DosSantos, Qlik's Chief Data Officer, speaks with recognized technology and workplace thought leader, Meghan M. Biro on how data will shape our working relationships​.

As we all get used to operating and working in a “new state of normal” during the largest global pandemic we’ve experienced in decades, Joe and Meghan will discuss the increasingly important role of people in an organization – that’s me and you – and the forces that are redefining our working relationships (for the good and bad). What, for example, will the impact be on how we lead, manage and collaborate? We’ll explore how data and technology can be used to enhance the working experience, inspire and support teams during the uncertain times ahead and debate the future of the workplace – and society – in the months and years to come. 

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Apr 29, 2020
Data Brilliant trailer

In ‘Data Brilliant’, expert hosts from leading data company, Qlik, will tackle the biggest issues of the day and explore what our futures will look like through the lens of data. They’ll be joined by specialist guests as they dig deep into how data is reshaping the world’s businesses, the relationships we hold with each other, and the society we live in. 


The series will talk to the vital role of data in our everyday lives; from how we interact and communicate with each other around the world, how we innovate, work every day and how it is influencing culture and society as a whole. Alongside this, we will showcase examples of how positive action through data can serve society at all levels and provide real life stories and advice on how to accelerate business value through data.

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Apr 24, 2020